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Lonely Crowds and Skeptical Generations

Uta G. Poiger

in Jazz, Rock, and Rebels

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520211384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920088 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520211384.003.0004
Lonely Crowds and Skeptical Generations

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In the year 1956, as youth riots were shaking both Germanies, the West German paper Hamburger Anzeiger illustrated an article about the psychology of German adolescent rebels who they call Halbstarke, with stills from the American movie Rebel Without a Cause. Shifting and contested evaluations of Halbstarke were part of important East and West German transformations in the second half of the 1950s. In 1955 and 1956, the West Germans strongly believed in the unfavorable effects of American cultural influences. They found themselves on the defensive against the two kinds of East German attacks.

Keywords: Germany; cultural consumption; youth riots; cultural influences; Halbstarke

Chapter.  12272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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